We can hear the voice of people in Hazare`s fast: Celebs

Prominent personalities including writers and filmmakers here today expressed their support to social activist Anna Hazare`s fast-unto-death for enactment of a Lokpal Bill to weed out corruption from public life.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 15:00 PM IST

Kolkata: Prominent personalities including
writers and filmmakers here today expressed their support to
social activist Anna Hazare`s fast-unto-death for enactment of
a Lokpal Bill to weed out corruption from public life.

"It is wonderful the way the civil society is responding
to the cause. This is the way democracy should function. We
can hear the voice of the people in the candlelight marches
and all the spontaneous peaceful demonstrations," celebrated
filmmaker Aparna Sen said.

Sen, who had earlier hit the streets in protest against
Nandigram firing two years back, expressed her solidarity with
the Gandhian social worker whose agitation for bringing
transparency in political life entered the fourth day.

"I fully support Anna Hazare...A peaceful revolution
seems to have started and there is hope yet for India," Sen
said.

Expressing his willingness to be present at the venue of
Hazare`s fast, Sahitya Akademy president Sunil Gangopadhyay
said, "If I go to Delhi and the impasse continues, I shall
certainly turn up at the place and offer my open support."

Gangopadhyay said he was ready to pledge support to any
movement in support of Hazare`s cause in Kolkata.

"The system in our country is such that public money is
swindled unabashedly and the common man just watches
helplessly," he said.

"I can`t take the initiative at this age, but I am
willing to lend my support and be present physically if there
is any protest here in support of the 72-year-old social
worker," the eminent Bengali writer said.

Expressing outrage over mounting corruption in the present
society, internationally-known film director Goutam Ghosh
said, "The common man can see how certain people are sitting
on the mountain of corruption and hence losing all respect in
the political class.

"Let such movement by a respected figure jolt the
establishment and break the stupor. I myself feel numbed to
hear about so much corruption in different ways and forms and
feel enraged," Ghose said.

Famed filmmaker Budhadeb Dasgupta endorsed the decision
to ask political figures like Uma Bharati to leave the venue
of Hazare`s fast, saying, "The corrupt political class has
lost all accountability and thrown the country into an abyss
of corruption."

He said the movement should be supported in every forum
including the social networking sites like Facebook and
Twitter on the net.

Echoing Aparna Sen, cerebral film director and theatre
personality Suman Mukhopadhyay said, "The country has entered
into a phase of people`s movement to cleanse the system and
this augurs well for any real democracy. All these non-violent
protests can ultimately force the establishment to sit up and
take note."

Asked on the absence of public support for Hazare`s cause
in the streets of Kolkata, Mukhopadhyay argued that it had
something to do with the civil society`s preoccupation with
Assembly election.

Bengali film star Rituparna Sengupta said it was not just
about turning up to support the fast, but also about changing
the psyche of the country and the political leadership.

PTI